Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia

Noctuidae » Plusiinae

Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia

Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.002 BF2449

Wingspan 28-32mm. Forewing length 14-18mm. You can see where this moth gets its vernacular name from in the two images directly below, where it looks like the moth is wearing a pair of glasses or spectacles on its head.  Similar species The Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita).

Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia

Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia

The adult flies between May and September. Found in a wide range of habitats including hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on Common Nettle.

Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

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Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis

Noctuidae » Plusiinae

Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis

Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.012 BF2434

This is quite an outstanding moth with its metallic colouring and unusual form. It visited my garden at dusk last night to feed on Red Valerian. Wingspan 28 to 35mm.

Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis

The adult flies June to September, and can be seen in various habitats including hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on herbaceous plants, especially common nettle.

Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina

Noctuidae » Plusiinae

Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina

Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina (Haworth, 1809) 73.016 BF2442

A different kind of ‘Y’ compared to the Silver Y (Autographa gamma). Thankfully this is a fresh specimen so it really shows it richness in colour and pattern for comparison. Similar to the Plain Golden Y (Autographa jota).Forewing length 17 to 20mm.

Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina

The adult flies June to August, and is found in various habitats, including woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Fairly common and widespread. The larva feeds on a range of low plants.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Silver Y Autographa gamma

Noctuidae » Plusiinae

Silver Y Autographa gamma

Silver Y Autographa gamma (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.015 BF2441

The Silver Y just has that – a distinctive metallic silvery Y mark on each forewing. The forewing ground colour is marbled brown, reddish-brown, grey and buff, and sometimes it has a purplish hue. Wingspan 35 to 40mm.

Silver Y Autographa gamma

Several generations are seen every month of the year, but more frequently seen during the months of May to September. The adult moths are seen flying during the day in sunny weather, or at dusk being attracted to nectar-rich flowers. They are also attracted to light at night. Found in all habitats, from coastal to inland. Widespread and abundant immigrant from Europe.

The larva feeds on a variety of low-growing plants, including Common Nettle, clovers and bedstraws.

© Pete Hillman June 2011.